Learn advanced Nexus 7 tips and tricks (Part 3)

Nexus 7 Tips and Tricks Part 3

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With recent hardware announcements, the Nexus brand of tablets becomes increasingly more competitive. The Android operating system, which has recently advanced to Jelly Bean version 4.3, also introduced new features and improved its look and feel. Simply stated, the Nexus 7, now at $229, offers features and the true Android experience at a price point which just can’t be beat.

Here’s a refresher of our journey together which began with Part 1 of this series, followed by Part 2.  If you are like me, you’ve been using this great little table for a while now, and are well into exploring some of the more recent additions to the OS and some of its most advanced features.

Restricted profiles

User profiles added in Android 4.2 allow you to set up a second profile for a friend or family member. With Android 4.3 the ability for the owner’s profile to restrict secondary profiles was a welcome feature. From Settings > Users > Add User or Profile, select Restricted Profile to restrict access to apps and content from your account.  From here you can just toggle On or Off access to individual apps as well as toggle location access.

Disable notifications for an app

Notifications are great, it’s one of the best features of Android.  But some apps notifications become almost constant interruptions, so Android has made it simple to turn off notifications for an app. Simply swipe down to open the notifications bar, then long press the notification until you see a box that says “App Info”.  Tap that box and then uncheck “Show Notifications”.  Finally, hit “OK’ to approve the change, and you are done.


Daydream is a screen saver app which you can activate from Settings > Display > Daydream.  Notice that you have several choices, including a cool Photo Table which once activated, presents random pictures from your Google+ photos.  You can then rearrange the photos and enlarge one at a time. Choose when to daydream, including while docked or charging, or both. Other apps in the Play store also have hooks for Daydream, so, for example, if you are a Tumblr user, you can see random images from your feed.  There’s lots to play with here.

Beam me up

Ok, Android isn’t quite up to Star Trek teleportation, but the Nexus 7 does support Near Field Communications (NFC) which supports some crazy sharing options with other NFC-equipped Android devices. Activate NFC on both devices (Settings > Under Wireless & Networks, tap More, and make sure both NFC and Android Beam are on). Then, when you touch two devices, each with NFC, you can share data, content, apps, web content, YouTube videos, contacts, photos, and more.

Speech to text

Did you know that you can use your voice to enter text in most cases?  You just need to hit the mic icon on the keyboard and start talking.  Speech to text is not perfect, but it is remarkably accurate, and also understands simple punctuation, like “comma” and “period”.

Copy media to and from your tablet

When you connect your charging cable to the USB port on your computer, the Nexus tablet storage appears as an additional hard drive available on that computer. This makes it simple to transfer media and other data to and from your tablet, allowing you to take with you on the go.

There are so many things you can do with this amazing little device. We’ve covered my favorites, but what about you?  Leave a comment letting us know what you like about the Nexus line of tablets.

Mike Rothman
Based in San Francisco, Mike Rothman is a tech evangelist and senior writer at anewdomain.net. Email him at [email protected]
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